New Details On The Coens’ “Hail Caesar”

Some new details have emerged regarding the Coen brothers’ upcoming new film “Hail, Caesar!”. Composer Carter Burwell and sound mixer Skip Lievsay, frequent collaborators with the Coens, appeared at a Tribeca Film Festival master class this week where they briefly touched upon the new film.

George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill star in the film which deals with a day in the life of a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Burwell tells THR:

“It’s a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there… [actually] I wouldn’t actually call it a ‘musical comedy’ – there are movies within the movie, and those movies might have comedic music, but the movie we’re making is actually not comical.

I haven’t written the music yet, but I’m quite certain it’s actually going to be quite the opposite. It’s going to be rather serious, and it’s about faith. It’s not about the music. It’s actually pretty complicated, musically – you’ll see, the themes that I’m writing for the movie have to relate to the themes of the movies within the movie. So it’s actually this rug with all these threads going in and out.”

He does indicate that the musical sequences in the film will differ depending upon which in-progress films it focuses on, but one of them will be a “tap-dance water number”.